The Norman Transcript


January 12, 2013

This Bedlam means much more than bragging rights



The Cowboys have shown flashes of that this season. Freshman guard Marcus Smart, who is projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft, has reinvigorated OSU. It will come to Lloyd Noble Center after rolling TCU, 63-45, on Wednesday.

OU got to see it. The Sooners haven’t played since that conference-opening victory at West Virginia last Saturday. The time off was filled preparing for the Cowboys.

“It’s a big game for us. We consider every game a statement game as far as playing the next 17 like it’s the only one. It’s a little easier to do that for this one,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “Oklahoma State is the in-state rival and they’re a really good basketball team. We need to back up that road by protecting our home court; that’s the challenge.”

It’s the same confrontation OU and OSU teams have been facing for years. What seems to have changed is winning the in-state rivalry means more than bragging rights for the first time in years. It means a notch up in the conference standings and knowledge that winning is actually proof that either can beat quality opponents.

The Bedlam basketball rivalry once got a shiny coat of polish twice a year because it was two really good teams on the court. The victor knew it had come away with a quality win.

All indications point toward retrieving that status today.

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